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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 13, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta nil New group on scene National loop not alarmed By JAN MacLAINE Canadian Press Staff The proposed World Hockey Association h a s n 't inspired any radical moves by the Na- tional Hockey League to block the organizing groups. On the contrary, so little is known of the WHA and its backing that owners and club officials of the 14-team NHL have been inclined to look upon it not as a rival, but in some cases as a benefactor. "As far as the NHL is con- cerned they're w e 1 c o m said NHL president Clarence Campbell after hearing of the WHA's founding meeting at Los Angeles in September. "There are four leagues rep- resenting 35 cities in profes- sional hockey now which evi- dently is not sufficient to sat- isfy the demand." Campbell took a philosophi- cal view of the new league, saying it would open up new areas of employment to play- ers now in semi-pro or senior leagues. But those spearhead- ing the VVHA movement had their sights on a much liigher level. Bill Hunter of Edmonton, one of three Canadian cities expected to have franchises in the WHA when it begins oper- ations at Miami, Fla., next September, has been ap- pointed to head a player com- mittee to guarantee parity among the WHA teams and ensure competitiveness with thfi NHL's West Division. Winnipeg, Calgary, New York, San Francisco, Los An- geles, Cincinnati, Milwaukee and Chicago are the other centres expected to ante up the franchise fee. Meet next month WHA team owners and offi- cials are scheduled to meet again in New York early in November to complete finan- cial arrangements. The WHA is the brainchild of lawyer Gary Davidson and Dennis Murphy, both of whom were in on the spadework that set up the American Basket- ball Association several years ago. Stafford Smythe, president of Toronto Maple Leafs, seemed more concerned that Toronto interests were not mentioned in the formation plans of the new major league. "I hope they do get their league said Mr. Smythe at the time of the WHA's first meeting in Los Angeles. "The more hockey leagues the better it is for all concerned. "The NHL isn't like the Na- tional Basketball Association. We're not afraid of the com- petition. Nor are we in the same position as the NBA where they have only about three cities they sell out." But he added that Toronto should have been included in the proposed league. "It's the logical place. It's certainly as logical as New York." He said Maple Leaf Gar- dens, of which he is president, would be happy to accommo- date the new franchise. NHL brass interested David Molson, president of Montreal Canadiens, says the NHL board of governors is studying the WHA and is "not brushing them off lightly." He said no contact has been made with organizers of the proposed league and all that is known of its objectives is what has been read in the pa- pers. He said he doesn't want to see anything that might dam- age the game, such as a raid- ing war for players between the NBA and ABA and be- tween the National Football League and American Foot- ball League. Walter Bush looks askance at establishing a WHA fran- chise in Milwaukee. The owner of the NHL Minnesota North Stars said: "The big question involved is whether this area can sup- port another hockey team. The University of Minnesota and high school teams already draw very well. You also have to consider that the population of this area probably is one of the smallest in the NHL." Earlier, the Stars' general- manager, Wren Blair, said he expects the WHA will have trouble signing Canadian players. "The kids in Canada grow up dreaming of one thing, playing in the National Hockey League." Oppose life signmgs But Davidson and Murphy don't see nationalism entering into the picture, either for current NHL players or future players. Davidson said re- cently in Edmonton the WHA hopes to block the NHL prac- tice of signing players for life. "We believe most (players) actually have year-to-year agreements and would be free to sign with the WHA at the end of their contract year." With establishment of the WHA, says Murphy, young players on their way up "w o u 1 d n't have only the NHL" to consider. Keith Allen, Philadelphia Flyers' general manager, said he doesn't have any inside in- formation on the WHA but "apparently they are seri- ous." "We'll just have to wait and see." The apparent deterioration of play over-all in the NHL since the 1967 expansion to 12 teams from six and the fur- ther expansion to 14 teams last season, has Detroit Red Wings' Ned Harkness worried. "The question in my mind is whether there is enough hockey talent available to keep the game what it is now. If you start to water down the talent, what calibre of hockey will you IliiiiSlliiliiilli APPEARING TONIGHT Here are soms of the members of ihe famed Danish na- tional gym team which will be featured at the Lethbridge Collegiate tonight and Thurs- day at eight o'clock. Modern rhythmical gymnastics, vaulting and tumbling and folk dances in colorful native costumes will be among the highlights. Punch Imlach maintains he has top rookie again By THE CANADIAN PRESS To hear it from Punch Im- lach, his Sabres have another National Hockey League rookie of the year on their hands this time Richard Mar- tin, Buffalo's No. 1 draft pick this summer. The 20-year-old left winger didn't exactly burn up the ice in St. Louis Tuesday night but he did score Buffalo's only and his first in professional the Sabres dropped a 4-1 decision to the Bliws. In the only other NHL game Tuesday, Vancouver Canucks nipped Philadelphia Flyers 3-2. Even before the NHL exliibi- ,icn season opened, Imlach was calling Martin, who scored a record 71 goals with Montreal Junior Canadiens of the Ontario lockey Association last year, "our biggest capture." And at the Sabres training camp this month, the Buffalo coach said Martin had "all the qualifications to become an all- star." Gil Perreault, chosen first by he expansionist Sabres when they had No. 1 pick in 1970, copped the lop rookie honors hat season when he set NHL records with 38 goals and 34 as- sists for 74 points. TIES SCORE Martin's goal Tuesday pulled Buffalo into a tie with the Blues at of the first period. But then, to the cheers of ths hometown fans, the Blues took the lead before the period ended. The Blues added single goals in each of the remaining periods as they peppered Buffalo goal- tender Dave Dryden with a total of 37 shots. Andre Boudrias paved the win for the Canucks come-from-be- hind win at Vancouver with a pair of second-period goals, his first of the season. The Flyers jumped to a 2-0 lead before the game was five mutates old before Boudrias counted his first marker. Vancouver sophomore defen- sive star Dale Tallon tied the score midway through the pe- riod. The Canucks turned on the power for the first win against Wilsoii posts soccer victory Wilson came up with a 4-0 victorj- Tuesday night over Hamilton in Junior High School Soccer League, senior division, action. Dwight Game paced the winners with two goals while Eddie Leong and Murray Oster added singletons. two losses in regular-season play, firing 34 shots at Philadel- phia goaltender Doug Favell. Vancouver goalie George Gard- ner faced 19 shots. In tcnight's action, Boston rtavels to New York, Chicago host to St. Louis, Phila- delphia is in Oakland and Pitts- burgh plays in Los Angeles. The Detroit Toronto game has been postponed due to the death of Leaf president Staf- ford Smythe. It will be played at a later date. VANCOUVER 3 PHILADELPHIA First Period 1. Philadelphia, Dornhcefer 1 (Johnson) 2. Phil- adelphia, Johnson 1 (Dornhoefer, Ash- bee) Penalties Clarke 1-Jfl; Wilkins Tallon Hughes 'Second Period 3. Vancouver Boudrias 1 (Quinn. Paiement) 4. Vancouver, Tailon 1 (Makl, Schumautz) 5. Vancouver, Boudrias 2 (Guevremont, Paiement) 18.40. Penalties Dornhoefer double minor, Corrigan Third Period No scoring. Penal- ties Schella shots en goal by Philadelphia 10 3 Vancouver.........12 16 Attendance: ST. LOUIS 4 Buffalo 1 First Period 1. St. Louis, Sa- bourin 1 (Morrison, Bordeleau) 2. Buf'falo, Martin 1 {Luce, walson) 3. St. Louis, Crisp 2. Pen- alties Watson Picard Second Period 4. St. Louis, Pi- card 1 (Bordelcau, Roberts) Pen- alties Ur.qer O'Shoa maiors Pi- card Pralt Third Period 5. St. Louis, Suther- land 1 (Bordeleau, Unger) Pen- alties O'Shea Picard Martin Hamilton Shois on goal by St. Louis........... 12 15 Buffalo............. 7 4 Wednesday, October 13, 1971 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD t COME TO BABY DO Hamilton Tiger-Cat Tommy-Joe Coffey lakes the football on a pass from quarterback Joe Zuger to score a touchdown the Tabbies mauled B.C. Lions 36-3. Making a desperate but unsuc- cosful bid 1o stop Coffoy is Michel Lcvoillo. Coffoy is tho all-Jimo scoring leader in Canadian pro football with 914 points. Etcheverry disgusted Trouble still rocks Alouette football boat MONTREAL (CP) At- tempts to turn up the dissi- dent faction that has rocked Montreal Alouettes since their loss to Toronto Argonauts last Sunday failed despite a series of meetings Tuesday night. The crisis arose when sev- eral unnamed players told Ted Blackman, sports editor and columnist of The Gazette, that John Carlos, former United States Olympic track star, had been a disruptive factor on the club since his arrival lasi month. In addition to the remarks made to Blackman, someone also told Jean-Marc Desjar- dins, the football writer for La Presse, that coach Sam Etcli- everry was too lenient, espe- cially when it came to treat- ing top players. Jim Proud- foot, sports editor of the To- ronto Star, also dealt with the subject. Blackman wound up in Etcheverry's office Tuesday. Blackman writes today that he was confronted by the en- tire Eastern Football Confer- ence club and was invited by Etcheverry to point out the players who made the re- marks to him. Blackman refused to reveal his sources. THEY'RE STILL MAD Both Etcheverry and gen- eral manager Red O'Quinn expressed dismay and general disgust with the published re- ports and vowed to track the griping back to its source and take punitive action. Elcheverry said Monday that 'he would try to pry the information about the dissi- dents from ths reporters. "Dissatisfaction breeds con- the coach said. "This certainly isn't the first time this sort of thing has happened. It happens to most losing teams. But, every time players start popping off, it becomes like a disease. "I think what's bothering most of the guys can be writ- ten off as simple frustration, but I'm just riot going to let anything get out of hand." Blackmail: writes that at 4 p.m., with the Als' practice cancelled, Etcheverry waved a copy of La Presse at a team meeting and invited his de- tractors to speak up. "Fifteen minutes later the players only went into an hour-long session and again, of course, no one owned up to a misdemeanor likely punish- able by transfer to last place, currentlym northern Al- Blackman wrote. It was after tte players' session that the confrontation took place in the coach's of- fice. After tile meetings, veteran defensive half Larry Fairholm, one of the three co-captains of the club, said he was uncertain how the crisis would affect the Als. "This could destroy us or make us jell against the right he said. Blaekman said O'Quinn was not impressed by the denials and vowed that one day he would get his man. "He realizes that John Carlos may have teen the cause of some bickering, but lie believes this does not belong in a news- paper. As a general manager j that's the only position he can take." The columnist says that O'Quinn is determined to lick the current player upset. Overtime win for Rustlers EDMONTON (CP) A standout performance by goalie Keith Delaney and a goal by Wilt Foord at of overtime gave the Red Deer Rustlers a 7-6 victory over Edmonton Movers in the Alberta Junior Hockey League Tuesday night. Delaney covered the Rustler net, stopping 51 shots, and making key saves, including at least three in overtime. The overtime winner was Kosicl lost for season REGINA